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Resilient MA Action Team (RMAT)

The Resilient MA Action Team (RMAT) is an inter-agency steering committee responsible for implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan (SHMCAP).

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What is the RMAT?

Led by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the RMAT is an inter-agency team comprised of representatives from each Secretariat, called Climate Change Coordinators, who are supported by agency staff, stakeholders, and subject matter experts. The RMAT is tasked with monitoring and tracking the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan (SHMCAP) implementation process, making recommendations to and supporting agencies on plan updates, and facilitating coordination across State government and with stakeholders, including cities, towns, and businesses. Learn more in the SHMCAP’s  Chapter 8: Plan Implementation and Maintenance.

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Climate Resilience Design Standards and Guidelines Project

The “Climate Resilience Design Standards and Guidelinesproject is advancing prioritized global (or cross- agency) actions from the SHMCAP. This effort will develop climate resilience design standards and guidance for state agencies in order to incorporate climate resilience into the State’s capital planning process. The project deliverables for state agencies include:

  • a web-tool that provides a preliminary climate risk screening output and climate resilience design standards for State projects with physical assets;
  • and guidelines with best practices for state agencies to implement climate resilient standards.

This project aims to develop resilience standards, guidelines, and a project screening tool grounded in scientific methodology using the best available climate science data in Massachusetts, and that improves over time to incorporate new science, additional or changing climate hazards, and on-going stakeholder feedback.

The focus of this project is to integrate climate resilience in projects with physical assets owned and maintained by state agencies. When complete in early 2021, these tools will be accessible at ResilientMA.org, and are likely to become relevant to state grant-funded projects throughout the Commonwealth.

Public Review Period

The draft deliverables of the Climate Resilience Design Standards and Guidelines Project are now open for public comment. Stakeholders are invited to submit comments on the draft documents through 5pm on September 9, 2020 using this form.

Contact Information

For more information on the Resilient MA Action Team (RMAT) or with any questions or ideas, please email: rmat@mass.gov

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